Know what I like?
It's ungodly how much I enjoy doing dishes, shampooing carpets, dusting shelves....not sweeping and mopping. NEVER sweeping and mopping. But almost everything else. I love it. Headphones on my ears and either music I can sing along to or waaaay inappropriate comedy blasting away, I can clean up a storm and have a ball.
Know what I don't like?
A lot of other stuff.
Waking up early.
Going to visit the elderly. (Egads! I know that's a rough one to admit.)
Picking up not-my-underwear off of the bathroom floor when we've been married for 8 years now and can't-you-learn-to-do-this-for-yourself-what-if-I-die-is-there-going-to-be-an-awkward-pile-of-man-panties-in-the-bathroom-during-the-wake?
Trying on clothes that don't fit correctly.
Writing something and feeling like it's not working but IT MUST! IT MUST! (not really)
Giving up valuable reading time for aforementioned cleaning time.
Working when my kiddos have the day off of school and missing that time with them in the morning when they are calm and sweet.
Here's the thing: we all have to do stuff we don't like. It's kind of what makes the world go 'round.
You - going to work or school when it's the last thing you want to do is what keeps us as a society going.
You - cleaning when you'd rather personally test an atomic bomb on your house instead is giving yourself, your pets, and your family a safe space they can be proud of.
You - driving to see family that you might not really want to hang out with over your ONLY day off.
You - doing that homework.
You - waking up early to exercise. (More power to you! Do an extra lap for me!)
You are a valuable part of our global society. You can do the difficult/mundane/un-motivated stuff.
YOU contribute more than you know. So keep rocking it.
Mandy Peterson is the author of "Before I Shatter". She is also a mother, wife, librarian, book reviewer, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.